NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- CHANGE IN RATINGS
Apache (APA) was upgraded at Oppenheimer to outperform from perform. $100 price target. Stock has priced in risks and the company is buying back shares and debt, Oppenheimer said.
BB&T (BBT) was upgraded at Goldman Sachs to buy. Stock appears inexpensive relative to its peers, Goldman said.
ConAgra (CAG) was downgraded at J.P. Morgan to neutral from overweight. $33 price target. Consensus estimates have downside risk, J.P. Morgan said.Cavium (CAVM) was downgraded at Lazard Capital Markets to neutral from buy. Valuation call, as the stock has a price-to-earnings ratio of 29, based on expected 2014 earnings. Church & Dwight (CHD) was upgraded at Deutsche Bank to buy from hold. $66 price target. Company can sustain 3%-4% organic sales and double-digit earnings growth, annually, Deutsche Bank said. Chico's FAS (CHS) was upgraded at Keybanc to buy from hold. $21 price target. Company has long-term growth potential with earnings power approaching $2 a share, Keybanc said. Comerica (CMA) was upgraded at Goldman Sachs to neutral. Company should benefit from lower interest in short-end demand, Goldman said.
(CRL) was initiated with a neutral rating at UBS. Reflects valuation, although there are early-stage signs of improvement, said UBS. Price target is $49. Covance (CVD) was initiated with a buy rating at UBS. Reflects its late-stage clinical development and margin-expansion opportunity, UBS said. Price target is $96. Delta Air Lines (DAL) was upgraded at J.P. Morgan to overweight from neutral. $26 price target. Newly introduced tax rate not to be confused with a diminished earnings outlook, J.P. Morgan said. Fifth Third (FITB) was downgraded at Goldman Sachs to neutral from buy. Company is leveraged to slower mortgage activity, Goldman said. Fortuna Silver Mines (FSM) was upgraded to hold at TheStreet Ratings. Hologic (HOLX) was downgraded to hold at TheStreet Ratings.
(K) was downgraded at J.P. Morgan to underweight from neutral. $60 price target. Top line concerns and difficult comparisons, J.P. Morgan said. Kennametal (KMT) was downgraded at Bank of America/Merrill Lynch. Valuation call, based on a $50 price target, BofA/Merrill said. US Airways Group (LCC) was upgraded at J.P. Morgan to overweight from neutral. $26 price target. Stand-alone prospects are materially better than implied by the market, J.P. Morgan said.
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